The Niger State Government has taken after the Abdullahi Ganduje-led administration by banning all forms of street begging in the state.
Naija News had earlier reported that the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, banned street begging by all Almajiris children in the state.
The Niger State Commissioner of Information, Mohammed Idris while speaking at a news conference in Minna, noted that the decision was approved during the weekly Executive Council meeting as a result of rising insecurity.
Idris further revealed that the development will take effect from March 5, 2020.
He further stated that adult beggars would be prosecuted, while parents of children seen begging would also be prosecuted.
“Security agencies made it necessary to begin vigorous enforcement of the law on the street begging.”
“This is because security challenges in the state are on the rise, therefore putting a ban on street begging will help mitigate and address the security challenges.”
He noted that the decision was to safeguard the lives and property of the residents, he added that modalities had been put in place to prosecute defaulters.